Attorney-Client Agreement – Fake PDF Malware


An email with the subject of Attorney-client agreement pretending to come from random names and random companies with a zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They use email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers.

The content of the email says :

It went OK. The court understood that it may be that you might not have much relevant information but he couldn’t rule as a matter of law that you had no relevant information and did not need to appear. However he ordered the other side to make clear when they were going to call you and provide information on that so that you are not standing around waiting to be called. He also made it clear that I preserve my right to object to their questions on grounds of relevance, so, you need to be available on Monday or Tuesday the 29th and 30th to appear but I will let you know as we get closer what time and day. We will also need to prepare for your testimony the week before.

With regard to the other motions, the court ruled that they cannot present any evidence as damages of costs incurred or the fee received while Gary Ferguson was representing the Grover’s. That is pretty good ruling.

As to many of the other issues he simply punted them for trial, preserving our arguments

The only issue that we need to discuss is the Court’s willingness to consider their claim for breach of contract. The court is going to allow them to assert a claim for breach of contract. The Court indicated that it was a close call, but they have one paragraph in their complaint suggesting a claim for breach of contract, but he limited the breach of
contract claim to their allegation that under the fee agreement you would not take any money without paying the Grovers under your retainer agreement. That is the only breach of contract claim. If you look at the retainer agreement attached, I don’t think it says that (paragraph 1) . What it says is that if the case is settled, you can take your fee and pay costs. However they are arguing that the whole case had to be settled before you
took any fee.

Even if that were the case, then you should have been able to receive the 63,665 at the end of the case after they lost to Timpanogos (either under P&M’s agreement or your agreement.) and they would’ve had to pay the costs. In other words, I think we have the stronger argument here. And, if we win, we will be able to assert a claim for attorny’s fees. But if they win, they also have that right.

However, because the court allowed them to assert this claim for breach of contract ruled that he would allow me to conduct more limited discovery before trial if I think I needed to. Upon first glance of the issue, I don’t think I need any additional discovery. But I wanted to run this by you guys. Let me know your thoughts as soon as possible. He also said he might consider bumping the trial if I tell him why I need to for this new claim. but I think if it is limited to that issue. I don’t think ‘ll be able to convince him to bump the trial unless I simply demand it.

I would like your thoughts. Ana Marvin | Grady-Wintheiser | 49544 Josue Hills | Lake Kennith City, 32914
Direct: (628) 652-6347 | Facsimile: (628) 652-6347 | | vCard

This email is from a law firm and may contain privileged or confidential information. Any unauthorized disclosure, distribution, or other use of this email and its contents is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and delete this email.

Thank you.

These malicious attachments normally have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details.

None of the companies that seem to be sending these emails have been hacked or had their email or other servers compromised. They are not sending the emails to you. They are just innocent victims in exactly the same way as every recipient of these emails.

All the alleged senders, amounts, reference numbers, Bank codes, companies, names of employees, employee positions, email addresses and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person or company who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have previously found. The bad guys choose companies, Government departments and organisations with subjects that are designed to entice you or alarm you into blindly opening the attachment or clicking the link in the email to see what is happening.

Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.

29 September 2021: View financial : Extracts to: Finish past due invoice.exe Current Virus total detections:

This is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.

Be very careful with email attachments. All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day.

The basic rule is NEVER open any attachment to an email, unless you are expecting it. Now that is very easy to say but quite hard to put into practice, because we all get emails with files attached to them. Our friends and family love to send us pictures of them doing silly things, or even cute pictures of the children or pets.

Never just blindly click on the file in your email program. Always save the file to your downloads folder, so you can check it first. Most ( if not all) malicious files that are attached to emails will have a faked extension. That is the 3 letters at the end of the file name.

Unfortunately windows by default hides the file extensions so you need to Set your folder options to “show known file types. Then when you unzip the zip file that is supposed to contain the pictures of “Sally’s dog catching a ball” or a report in word document format that work has supposedly sent you to finish working on at the weekend, you can easily see if it is a picture or document & not a malicious program. If you see .EXE or .COM or .PIF or .SCR at the end of the file name DO NOT click on it or try to open it, it will infect you.

While the malicious program is inside the zip file, it cannot harm you or automatically run. When it is just sitting unzipped in your downloads folder it won’t infect you, provided you don’t click it to run it. Just delete the zip and any extracted file and everything will be OK. You can always run a scan with your antivirus to be sure. There are some zip files that can be configured by the bad guys to automatically run the malware file when you double click the zip to extract the file. If you right click any suspicious zip file received, and select extract here or extract to folder ( after saving the zip to a folder on the computer) that risk is virtually eliminated.

Never attempt to open a zip directly from your email, that is a guaranteed way to get infected. The best way is to just delete the unexpected zip and not risk any infection.

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